THE LAKE COMO RETREAT:
FISH OUT THE WRITER WITHIN
22. - 30. August 2020
max 12 persons
8 days 8 nights
Are you struggling with your story?
Do you need a hand with the plot, the setting, the characters, or the dialogue ...or just time for yourself?
Study in the mornings, write in the afternoons.
Join a small group of scribes - a maximum of 12 - to support each other and share your ideas.
Get morning lectures & feedback from a published writer and experienced lecturer.
Our lecturing writer will support you all the way to start, edit and finish your short story, or chapters of your novel
Around the Lake Como...
Swim in the lake or take a boat to Bellagio, go for a hike, peruse in the delicious Italian food markets.
Step back in time in incredible cathedrals and castles around the lake, where you can admire frescos or drink a magic liquor from the monks of Piona
In the warm August evenings, you can join a vibrant street party with banquets, fireworks, parades and boat races, with participants in medieval costumes and re-enact an old combat at Palio del Baradello.
Take a yoga class on the terrace, watch the sunrise and sunset while lying on one of the many surrounding hills.
Get inspired. Get your story done.
dinner, so that you can entirely focus on your work, but you are always
welcome to try the local cuisine available both in restaurants and at small
The retreat includes:
And optional activities:
stories/proposal(s) BEFORE handing in your completed story on the deadline;
consultation hour on a first-come-first-serve basis during the week
The cost does not include:
• flights/transportation to the destination
• alcoholic drinks outside the evenings listed above
• special excursions
• or optional activities
Day 1 (evening):
Opening dinner & networking
Day 2 - Day 6:
7:00am - 8:00am: Morning meditation or yoga (optional)
8:00am - 9:00am: Breakfast
9:30am - 12:00pm: Morning class
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Time to Write
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Dinner
Free day for activities to unwind or do more writing
Individual face-to-face sessions scheduled with the lecturing writer
Closing evening: drinks & dinner
Day 8 (am hours):
After the breakfast session: the lecturer hands out pieces with your feedback
People can stay in/around the villa and enjoy the pool until noon (check-out)
Two additional evening workshops - so-called ‘First-page & Last-page
workshops’ on Tuesday & Thursday after dinner:
work and/or discuss any problematic parts. It’d be an interactive session, where
the lecturer takes a back seat and lets the writers interact and network.
Everyone who signs up for the workshop aiming to take an active part in it,
would have space of cca 20 min to discuss any parts of their work or read it out
loud, and get feedback. There might be more time, depending on the number of
people who show up.
Attendance to workshops and morning classes is entirely optional.
Price of the room & full board for eight days: TBC
To reserve your spot, please pay the deposit €300. Once you register your interest, we will send you a confirmation e-mail with our payment details.
We would like to get to know you and ask you about your level and expectations to help us tailor the retreat for you.